Planners with the Hermann Maifest Committee have come up with an idea for a celebration this month in light of the cancellation of the traditional festival by the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee, with Mary Kunstmann as chair of the 2020 Maifest, released the following statement to the Advertiser-Courier on Monday:
This coming weekend, May 15 – 17, would have been the dates for the traditional Hermann Maifest. While we felt it prudent to cancel Maifest activities for 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 Maifest Committee also wanted to observe the Maifest in some way.
We decided to place some Maypoles to lift our spirits, one at the Historic Hermann Museum at 4th & Schiller, and two at the city park entrance on Washington. Both of these locations are places where Hermannites have gathered to celebrate in years past.
We are not encouraging “gathering” this year, but hope you will enjoy seeing these symbols of the Maifest as you drive through town, take a walk or, perhaps, have a picnic in the park with your family. They would make a great background for some “this is what we did the year of the virus photos"!
Another treat for us locals will take place Saturday afternoon, when Marilyn Loehnig will be at the Museum with her accordion.
Marilyn says, “Weather permitting, I will play some of the old familiar German tunes. People can listen as they walk by or take photos. Of course, I won’t mind if a few folks decide to try out a dance step or two – as long as they do it safely.”
Please observe health guidelines such as hand sanitation, physical distancing, and mask wearing to help keep the virus from spreading around our community. We’ve been very fortunate so far; let’s continue to be vigilant to keep it that way.